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Posted on 04/15/2019 4:08:09 PM PDT by jazusamo
Full title: Judicial Watch: Supreme Court Moves to Overturn Conviction of Veteran Fined and Jailed for Digging Ponds on his Rural Montana Property
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned a lower court decision affirming the conviction of Joseph Robertson, a 78-year-old veteran now deceased who was sentenced to prison for digging ditches on his rural Montana property to protect the area surrounding his home from wildfires. Judicial Watch had filed an amicus curiae brief jointly with the Allied Educational Foundation supporting Robertson and urging Supreme Court review and reversal of the lower court decision. Robertson served 18 months in prison and died while serving probation. He was also fined $130,000, a liability inherited by his estate.
The Supreme Court also remanded Robertsons conviction to the lower court so the indictment can be dismissed and the lien can be cancelled.
Judicial Watch and the AEF had asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that upheld Robertsons conviction, because that decision affirmed illegal agency actions in prosecuting Joseph Robertson based on a misreading of federal law. The Court should take this opportunity to correct the confusion in overbroad interpretations of the Clear Water Act, which have led to unjust prosecutions and federal intrusions into both state authority and individual liberty.
The brief was filed in the case of Robertson v. United States, Case No. 18-609, 587 U.S. __ (2019). This was an appeal of the Ninth Circuit decision in United States v. Robertson, 875 F.3d 1281, 1285 (9th Cir. 2017).
Judicial Watch asserted in its filing that the ditches Robertson dug sat on what a federal agency defines as wetlands and were situated on or near a small downhill water flow of about three garden hoses in volume. Mr. Robertson was not engaged in manufacturing or any other industrial activity which would release chemicals or waste into the water, but under the federal Clean Water Act even turning the soil with a shovel can be considered to be releasing a pollutant into water.
In their brief, JW and the AEF suggest that the issue is larger than Robertsons personal plight, that it also involves the separation of powers among Congress, the Executive Branch and the Supreme Court.
Judicial Watch and AEF also note that the Supreme Court itself has introduced confusion into the issue of adjacent wetlands, point source, and navigable waters.
Also, matters like those involving Robertson properly belong with the state, not the federal government.
The brief argues that the Congress has been all too willing to forego its Constitutional duty and defer to federal agencies.
[It was not foreseen that] the judiciary could eventually aid and abet the complete sacrificing of power by one of those two branches, effectively leaving a one-branch government where the founders intended three. When the Court goes too far in reading statutes as broadly assigning sweeping interpretative power to agencies, this allows Congress to give up power altogether and to stop the necessary work of revising and repealing statutes. Congress has proven itself either willing to give up those powers or unable to stop itself from doing so, preferring to ask the executive branch to reinterpret or reimagine statutes in ever more creative ways while sparing members of Congress the pain of accountability for national policy. The Court should not countenance this upending of the constitutional order.
The Supreme Court has granted a victory against an overreaching government bureaucracy, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. The government should not be allowed to regulate every drop of water in America, and the Supreme Court was right to brush back the radical bureaucrats. Mr. Robertson, a veteran, died before he was vindicated but his fight has protected the constitutional freedoms of other Americans.
The Allied Educational Foundation is a charitable and educational foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life through education. In furtherance of that goal, the Foundation has engaged in a number of projects, which include, but are not limited to, educational and health conferences domestically and abroad. AEF has partnered frequently with Judicial Watch to fight government and judicial corruption and to promote a return to ethics and morality in the nations public life.
yeah. But the agency(s) involved don’t feel any remorse.
You’re correct, not a bit.
You can let in illegals, allow them vote, set up “sanctuary cites” and ignore ALL federal immigration laws. And not one consequence.
But you better sure bake the damn cake and not dig in on your own property or the entire weight of government will crush you.
“but under the federal Clean Water Act even turning the soil with a shovel can be considered to be releasing a pollutant into water.
Back in the old days, whoever made the decision to prosecute him to death would have paid with his life at the hands of his relatives.
Back in the olden days.
Wish I knew what the breakdown of votes and who voted which way.
Thank you Judicial Watch.
There were many many more cases like this.
Tom Fitton is truly a great American and Judicial watch has become a potent force on the right for citizen liberty, common sense jurisprudence and justice.
Just wondering what the vote totals were on the Supreme Court. Dont see it in the article.
I was so afraid I was going to read that the gentleman passed while in prison. At least he was out on probation.
There are people involved in this that should be given a blindfold and a cigarette.
“Congress has proven itself either willing to give up those powers or unable to stop itself from doing so, preferring to ask the executive branch to reinterpret or reimagine statutes in ever more creative ways while sparing members of Congress the pain of accountability for national policy.”
The meaning: The gutless worms in Congress refuse to carry out its duties as legislators and have given those powers to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.
The consequences: Unless Congress takes back its legislative duty to reign in the fascist bureaucracy, the people will brutally train the bureaucrats in their rightful duties as servants, and it will likely get very bloody and deadly to make the fat-ass bureaucrats understand their role.
I haven’t found a vote for it as yet, if or when I do I’ll post and ping you.
A shame indeed.
How this nation has suffered the bumpkins of the 9th Circus for this long and without respite and its victims not lived to tell about it.
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One of the best things President Trump did was overturn WOTUS (Only the law in 26 states now)
having been fired.
Having been fired UPON
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